BMW has released what it dubs as a soft but brilliant re-imagination of the plucky roadster that is the G310 R. The changes that the German company has implemented are not only in the physical appearance of the bike, but it has also made sure to have some technical upgrades while also ensuring that the safety equipment of the bike is also tuned up. Even though the engine of the 2021 model is similar to that of the previous year’s model, according to Rider Magazine, it too has been buffed with some new control electronics and some mechanical upgrades. All this is just the tip of the iceberg, and this article will aim at making sure that you understand everything about the 2021 BMW G310R.
Though this year’s model is somewhat akin to last year’s, some subtle yet important changes to the bike’s design have been made. According to Top Speed, the headlight of the 2021 BMW G310R model has been adjusted a bit to accept the new LED headlight, as well as the LED DRL light bar, both of which ensure that the bike’s and its driver’s, visibility is increased. The new LED turn signals sprout out from the upper sides of the headlight, which means that they are out of harm’s way. The radiator cowlings, located behind the steering wheel, have been lowered a little bit. Moreover, the fuel tank and the cheek fairings are separate entities, meaning that the bike’s profile has also changed. The saddle comes with a built-in pillion pad, and the rear end of the bike has a set of J.C handles to ensure the passenger’s comfort and security.
On the 2021 BMW G310R, tubular members make up what the company refers to as ‘spaceframe.’ A die-cast swingarm made of aluminum is present to complete the bike’s skeleton. The forks at the front are a set of inverted, 41 mm that float the front end. A central spring is responsible for supporting and dampening the motion at the rear. The only stock adjustment tweak is the adjustable preload.
- 17-inch cast wheels, which are symmetrical and lightweight, round out the chassis. The rubber on the said wheels comes in a 110/70 upfront, and the tread and profile of the wheels are such that you are assured of deep leans on either side, that is if you have the nerve for it.
- The suspension stroke is 5.5 inches in the front and 5.1 inches in the back, which is plenty if you ride on decent roads.
- The aim of the manufacturers of this bike was to try and keep its weight as low as possible. Ergo, it should come as no surprise then that the bike weighs 349.4 pounds when soaking wet. Thus, it is not surprising that the manufacturers opted for a singular front brake, which can manage the bulk of the bike’s stopping power.
- Four-piston calipers bite a front disc that’s 300 mm large. At the rear, a 240 mm disc and a single-pot anchor handle their business. All these features are under Beemer’s proprietary ABS protection. The 2021 G 310 R can handle reversals and flicks well because it has a 4 inches trail and a 25.1-degree rake angle, meaning that you are assured of a spirited riding experience.
As mentioned earlier, the power plant for this year’s G 310 R is the same as that of the previous model, and it is a four-stroke and one-lung configuration. The 62.1 mm stroke and the 80 mm bore add up to 313 CC total displacement and a 10.9-to-1 compression ratio. Thus, the liquid-cooled engine puts out 20 pounds per foot at 7,500 revolutions per minute and 34 horsepower at 9,500 revolutions per minute. The power produced flows through a six-speed transmission to get to the rear wheel. The bike’s top speed is 89 miles per hour or around 143 kilometers per hour. To ensure smoothness of the ride, the bike has what is referred to as a ‘self boosting clutch, a slip and assist, which is there to mitigate the effects caused by back-torque, and thus protect the rear contact patch’s integrity and also prevent rear-wheel hop. A three-way catalyst is present in the exhaust system to help the engine meet all the EU-5 emission standards. The bike also has electronic fuel injection.
The price range of the bike is yet to be announced, but this has not stopped speculation as to what the bike will cost. The 2020 model hit the market with a 4,945 dollars’ price. Thus, even with the numerous improvements that have taken place, it is hard to fathom that the new model’s price will exceed the 5000-dollar mark.
According to Ultimate Motorcycling, the bike has an overall length of 78.9 inches, which is 2,005 mm, and total width, across leaver, of 33.4 inches, which is 849 mm. the seat height, when unladen, is 30.9 inches, or 785 mm. It has a curb weight of 349.4 lbs, or 158.5 kg, and a permissible total weight of 760.6 lbs, or 345 kg. The bike has a fuel capacity of 2.9 gallons or 11 liters. Its fuel economy is 70 miles per gallon, or 3.33 liters per 100 kilometers covered. As mentioned earlier, it has a maximum speed of 89 miles per hour. It has a 330 Watts alternator, and its battery capacity is 12/8 V/Ah. All the lights on the bike are LED lights. The starter is a 0.5 kW
The Kawasaki Z400 ABS is the 2021 BMW G310R’s main competitor, and when they both hit the market, it will be fun to see how they sell and how they will perform against each other in terms of speed acceleration and other factors. The Kawasaki Z400 ABS is in many ways akin to the 2021 BMW G310R in terms of the technology employed, and this may well be the case when the pricing is announced. Nonetheless, both bikes offer something different, and only time will tell which bike the consumer will prefer.